Skills Bootcamps

DfE National Skills Fund training provider

Skills Bootcamps offer free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks. They are available for adults aged 19 or over who are either in work or recently unemployed and live in England. Some Skills Bootcamps have additional eligibility criteria.

On 10 December 2021, Merlin Supply Chain Solutions was selected as a provider to deliver the Governments’s HGV driver skills bootcamps. Aimed at boosting the logistics sector the bootcamps allow new learners to acquire a range of HGV driving licences and allow existing drivers to achieve additional qualifications.

These courses will help you become a qualified heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver and get the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

If you’ve got a full car licence or medium-sized vehicle licence (category C1), these Skills Bootcamps will help you qualify to drive either:

A RIGID HGV (category C): These are used for lots of commercial deliveries throughout the UK, some have loading access at the rear and sides as well as electronic tail lifts which makes them easier to load and unload.

AN ARTICULATED LORRY (category C+E): These have 2 parts (the cab and the trailer the cab is pulling) and are mainly used in long-distance haulage or for the movement of large volumes of items as well as bulky or heavy goods.

Demand has been extremely high for Skills Bootcamps in HGV driving. Places may be limited for courses in some areas.

You are 19 or older
Have a full car (category B) driving licence

The Skills Bootcamps are free, and include all of the costs for:
Getting a provisional licence, including your medical exam
Taking each of the 4 Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) tests, and one re-sit per test

Novice to Cat C and C+E
Existing CAT C upgrade to C+E

Fareham / Kettering / Belper / Luton

Contact: If you need to discuss Skills Bootcamps please call 01536 533 696 and ask to speak with Michelle, or email: